Ashford Hospitality Trust Shares Plunged: What You Need to Know

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What: Seems like everything is down today, but Ashford Hospitality Trust (NYS: AHT) is down more than most -- 22% and counting. Yowza.

So what: The hotel REIT reported second-quarter "earnings" last night. I put that in quotes, of course, because what Ashford actually reported was a $1.4 million loss in "funds from operations." For a more traditional earnings-per-share perspective of how it did, Ashford says it lost $0.49 per share under GAAP -- that's as opposed to the $0.06-per-share profit it earned a year ago.

Now what: This news may not repeat (but it does seem to echo) the bad news out of fellow high-end hotelier FelCor Lodging Trust (NYS: FCH) from earlier this week. Revenue per available room was up in both cases, yet neither company managed to turn a profit on the extra business. In that regard, Ashford investors might find FelCor's promise of even more losses later this year worrisome. Analysts are predicting Ashford will turn a profit by year-end. Then again, they used to think the same thing about FelCor.

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